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Listen to the full audio of last week’s PandoLIVE where we find out Uber wanted to “go after” Sarah’s family

I’m late putting up the full audio of last week’s PandoLIVE. Apologies. It’s been a funny couple of weeks. In this episode, Sarah and I spend the first hour talking about our trip to London, Dan Raile’s tremendous reporting on Abdul-Rahman Kassig, Google becoming the world’s biggest lobbyist and the varied charms of Croydon. And then the Uber [...]

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A War Nerd Thanksgiving: All you drunks, be thankful you’re not in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY—Alcohol is illegal in Kuwait. That doesn’t mean there’s no alcohol here. The place is swimming in it. It’s just illegal. And that’s where the grim fun called Prohibition gets down to business. My favorite thing about the booze ban is watching you drunks stumble around embarrassing yourselves worse than any druggie trying to [...]

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The ACLU weighs in on Uber, but underestimates its power

From Senators to late night talk show hosts, the chorus of voices responding to Uber’s controversy over targeting and tracking journalists keeps growing. And now the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in — and while its calls for Uber to strengthen user privacy protections and release regular transparency reports are sound prescriptions, I wonder if the [...]

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GoPro Developing Consumer Drones for Filmmaking

As the consumer drone market continues to grow with smaller, cheaper, easier to fly alternatives, popular wearable camera purveyor GoPro aims to join the lucrative trend. While early drone manufacturers have products that support GoPro’s camera, some have naturally shifted to offering their own. It’s certainly an intelligent move for the brand as many extreme athletes who [...]

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Introducing the Senic Flow Wireless Controller

Set to shake up the status quo of the role of the mouse in your average computer setup is the Senic Flow, a wireless controller that allows interaction with your computer via hand gesture recognition, sensitive touch and haptics. Utilizing more than 1,000 accuracy points for precise feedback, the Flow is a cross between a [...]

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Startups Anonymous: Quit Acting Like a Startup Douche

[This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we’ll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in [...]

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Win: Grain Audio Headphones!

We’ve teamed up with Grain Audio and Gear Diary to give away a pair of fantastic OEHP.01 headphones, worth $199. These walnut wood headphones offer the perfect balance between design, comfort and sound quality. (Ends 12/1/14) Link Continue Reading from the Source

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How Comcast and HP are corrupting elections in America

Hey kids, want to learn how to rig an election? You could try to bribe ballot counters or conjure some intricate voter ID scam. But why bother when there’s a perfectly legal way to ensure the outcome of countless Congressional races across America: Redistricting. For decades, Republicans and Democrats have gone to staggeringly creative lengths to redraw [...]

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Travel to Tomorrowland in 4K via GoPro

Dancing Astronaut – EDM, trap, techno, deep house, dubstep If you’ve been to a festival within the past year, you’ve almost definitely seen a GoPro in action either on stage or in the crowd. The action-sport camera company disrupted the technology industry with its signature, versatile camera that has been used anywhere from surfing, to music festivals, [...]

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Nevo Smartwatch

A minimalist smartwatch. Instead of an electronic display, Nevo has an analog watch face. It can track steps, distance, calories and swimming strokes, but displays the result through LEDs on the hour markers or on its mobile app. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Price: $100++ Continue Reading from the Source

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UN resolution puts the US at odds with the rest of the world over mass surveillance

The United Nations on Tuesday passed a resolution determining that privacy is a basic human right, placing the international organization at direct odds with the United States, which voted earlier this month to stop a bill curbing National Security Agency programs from advancing in the Senate. The UN also said that the programs have a deleterious effect on [...]

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Ashes, ashes, we all fall down: Amazon cuts the Fire Phone’s price again

Amazon has reduced the price of its unlocked Fire Phone to $199. That’s what most consumers pay for smartphones with a two-year contract to a wireless carrier. At this rate, it’s only going to be a few months before Amazon offers people money to take the Fire Phone off its hands. You might think Amazon would [...]

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Space Engine

As its name implies, Space Engine is not a game. It’s simulation software for Windows that lets you explore our universe. The known parts are replicated based on astronomical data; the rest are randomly generated. Hat Tip Link Link 2 Price: Free Continue Reading from the Source

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Hasselblad Unveils the New Stellar II Compact Camera

Hasselblad expands its luxury range of cameras with the new Stellar II compact camera. Marketed towards camera enthusiasts, the Stellar II boasts a 20.2 megapixel sensor, Zeiss lens with 3.6x optical zoom capabilities, articulating 3.0″ screen and 1080/60p HD video recording, as well as being WiFi and NFC-enabled the wireless transfer of images to other devices. The real value, [...]

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Recyclable and Rechargeable: Mini Power Cardboard Batteries Juice Your Phone On-The-Go

From designer Tsung Chih-Hsien comes this 2014 Red Dot Design Award-winning cardboard phone-charging battery. Called Mini Power, these tablet-like batteries are sold in strips and come in configurations of two, four or six-hour capacities. Once used, the batteries can be recharged or even recycled at any convenience store that stocks them. Utilizing paper battery technology, [...]

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Officer Darren Wilson faced the fairest Grand Jury proceeding that no law requires

Editor’s note: Dayvid Figler is a defense attorney and writer, based in Las Vegas, NV. Ham sandwiches are trending today. By now, the old judicial chestnut about how “even a ham sandwich can be indicted by a Grand Jury” has hit twitterus ad naseum status. In the wake of the “no true bill” by the [...]

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Why Sony’s deal to collect royalties directly from SiriusXM could be terrible news for musicians

As most people know, when a song is streamed on Pandora or Spotify, the royalties from that play, often worth only a fraction of a penny, are split between the record label, the songwriter, and the performer. But there’s another less-talked about constituent that receives a cut of the revenue: Performance rights organizations or PROs. For a small administration fee, [...]

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Yes, Bitcoin Black Friday is a real thing, and it’s catching on

You could forgive crypto-currency news sites and startups for evangelizing retailers offering deals only available to those paying in bitcoin this Black Friday – or as many are calling it, “Bitcoin Black Friday.” But what’s less predictable, and thus speaks more loudly about the progress the industry has made over the last year, is the [...]

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